St. Louis University
221 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 977-2500
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

St. Louis University is a private, coeducational university located in St. Louis, Mo. Established in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. St. Louis University’s religious affiliation is Catholic, Jesuit but welcoming of students from all faiths and backgrounds. Enrollment averages more than 8,500 students with an average freshman retention rate of 85%, which indicates student satisfaction. U.S. News & World Report ranked St. Louis University No. 92 in National Universities in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The school was also ranked No. 81 in Best Grad School Rankings for Best Business Schools and No. 37 for Part-time MBA under the same category.

Programs Offered

St. Louis University offers online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in subjects such as security management, criminal justice, general studies, organization, aeronautics, and nursing. Some of the master’s degrees are offered at an accelerated rate, which combines a bachelor’s degree with the graduate program to be completed in five years total. Without sacrificing the quality and rigor associated with a nationally and internationally acclaimed institution’s curriculum, the programs provide the flexibility necessary to earn a degree from St. Louis University no matter where a student is located. If students need more face-to-face interaction, blended courses are also an option, which combines classroom attendance with online programs. St. Louis University offers six bachelor’s degrees, two master’s degrees, and two bachelor’s-to-master’s programs, in addition to multiple minors and certificates in the online format.


St. Louis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC, NCACS). Fifteen other organizations awarded specialized accreditation for specific programs as well.


Admission to the School of Professional Studies — the department providing online programs — requires that applicants be at least 22 years of age and hold three years of professional experience. Additionally, they must produce a copy of their high school diploma or composite GED score of at least 2250. Candidates will need to pass an interview in person or over the phone and if transferring previously earned college credits, must hold a transferable cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5. Graduates not enrolling in the accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s programs will need to supply additional proof of completed bachelor’s degree in order to be considered by the admissions office. All students will be notified of their status after their application and materials have been considered.

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